When it comes to great strikers who have graced North Wales football over the decades, Mike Davies must rank as one of the all-time finest.
In a career which saw him always perform at a high level, the Bangor man netted more than 400 goals across spells at Bangor City, Y Felinheli, Llanfairpwll, CPD Porthmadog, Glantraeth, Bethesda Athletic and Amlwch Town.
He raised the Welsh Alliance title with Amlwch, the NWCFA Challenge Cup at Porthmadog, who he represented in the League of Wales, and earned nine top scorer awards among his various clubs.
Born on January 30, 1970, Mike had trials at Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager before signing for Bangor City in 1987 after netting in excess of 100 goals in two seasons for the youth team.
He made a few appearances for City’s first team in the Northern Premier League, but featured mainly for the reserves, bagging 51 goals over two seasons in the Welsh Alliance.
At 19, Mike joined Y Felinheli, where he played in 1989-90 and 1990-91, notching a total of 47 goals.
Next came four-and-a-bit seasons at Llanfairpwll, where he amassed 176 goals and finished up Welsh Alliance top marksman three times.
He won the Barritt Cup, Cookson Cup and Alves Cup with the islanders.
In 1995-96, Mike’s goalscoring talents led to a move to League of Wales outfit Porthmadog.
He spent two-and-a-half seasons at Y Traeth, chalking up 53 goals and winning the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup under Colin Hawkins in 1996-97.
After beginning the 1997-98 season at Port, Mike returned to Anglesey in January, landing at Cymru Alliance club Glantraeth.
He stayed at Cae Trefdraeth for two seasons, pocketing 42 goals and ending up league leading scorer in 1998-99. Glan finished fifth in both campaigns.
A short return to Porthmadog came in 1999-2000, Mike adding another nine goals to his career haul.
In 2000-01, the goal machine split his time between Bethesda Athletic and Bangor City Reserves, his stints bringing him a combined 15 goals.
Mike’s swansong arrived in 2001-02 when he was snapped up by Amlwch Town.
Despite only playing until December, after which he was ruled out through injury, he still contributed 26 goals as Amlwch lifted the Welsh Alliance title.
Mike also scooped the fourth Welsh Alliance top scorer title of his career.
In all, he netted more than 30 senior hat-tricks over 15 seasons.
Mike Davies career rundown
1987-88: Bangor City Reserves 24 goals (team top scorer)
1988-89: Bangor City Reserves 27 goals (team top scorer)
1989-90: Y Felinheli 23 goals
1990-91: Y Felinheli 24 goals (team top scorer)
1991-92: Llanfairpwll 33 goals (team and Welsh Alliance League top scorer)
1992-93: Llanfairpwll 45 goals (team and Welsh Alliance League top scorer)
1993-94: Llanfairpwll 39 goals
1994-95: Llanfairpwll 50 goals (team and Welsh Alliance League top scorer)
1995-96: Llanfairpwll 9 goals
1995-96: Porthmadog 23 goals
1996-97: Porthmadog 20 goals (team top scorer)
1997-98: Porthmadog 10 goals
1997-98: Glantraeth 17 goals
1998-99: Glantraeth 25 goals (team and Cymru Alliance League top scorer)
1999-2000: Porthmadog 9 goals
2000-2001: Bethesda Athletic & Bangor City 15 goals
2001-02: Amlwch Town 26 goals (team and Welsh Alliance top scorer)
TOTAL GOALS: 419
What was the highlight of your career?
Going to Sheffield Wednesday aged 17 for trials.
Best goal scored?
First of two for Llanfairpwll against Llangefni Town in 1994. 20-yard lob/volley in a 2-1 win. Top two clash in the Welsh Alliance.
Most Memorable Match
Versus Connah’s Quay Nomads for Porthmadog in 1996-97. League of Wales game, we were 3-0 down half time, but came back to draw 3-3.
Best Manager Played Under
Colin Hawkins (Porthmadog) and Now Parry (Llanfairpwll).
Former Llangefni Town and Llanfairpwll defender Ali Jones. Always rolled his sleeves up, good in the air. He later signed me for Glantraeth.
Sadly he is no longer with us
Best Team-Mate Played Alongside
Peter McCann. Played football with him since I was 15 at youth level, then nine seasons out of 11 as a senior.
TRIBUTES TO MIKE
Alun Mummery (CPD Llanfairpwll secretary)
“Llanfairpwll signed him from Felinheli in Now Parry’s days. He (Mike) had formed a deadly partnership with Kevin Edwards at Felin and formed a similar partnership with Peter Mc Cann here at Llanfair.
“Mike was not the most mobile (eating late at night his weakness on own admission!) but had the fastest of feet and could turn on a sixpence. He was the best header of the ball I have seen in local football.
“I will never forget his 50th goal of the (1994-95) season in the last game at Rhydymwyn in the closing minutes from a cross by my son Gareth, playing his first senior game. Mike kept a meticulous record of goals scored, and now runs a house clearance business with his Dad (Bangor-based).
“He started with Bangor City as youngster and I think gentle giant is a fitting description for him.
“A few years ago I came across him in Gors Car Park staring nostalgically on the field and he said it was his favourite ground as it did not entail a lot of running.”
Adrian Jones (former Amlwch Town manager and title-winning team-mate in 2001-02)
“Mike was a brilliant striker, an all-round centre-forward John Hartson style that could score all types of goals.
“He only played for us for the one season and that only until the December as he got injured.
“Nonetheless, Mike more than played his part in us winning the title at the third time of trying.”